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Sparking Moments of Discovery through STEM Mentors

By 2022, the U.S. will need more than 9 million professionals in STEM fields, but last year, there were 11 states where not a single African-American student took the Advanced Placement exam in computer science, and fewer than 20% of all test takers were female. This diversity gap is not only an equity issue, but an economic imperative. There are 16.5 million professionals in the STEM workforce. Why not leverage them to spark student interest and make connections between the classroom and careers? This panel will explore the opportunity to use technology to connect professionals with students, especially those historically underrepresented in STEM, to scale the STEM mentoring movement.


  1. Attendees will learn about what has and hasn’t worked in making connections between schools and industry professionals.
  2. Attendees will hear about ways they can use technology to help scale the STEM mentoring movement.
  3. Attendees will learn about examples of how nonprofits are currently partnering with schools and professionals to grow the STEM mentoring movement.



Roxanne Garza, Mgr of Public Policy, Citizen Schools

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